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Houston Astros News: April 14, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Friday, April 14, 2017.

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Astros News

Against the odds, Jackson Ryan continues family tradition one pitch at a time

Grandson of Hall of Famer won’t let cerebral palsy stop playing career

Astros’ Josh Reddick excited for Oakland homecoming

The last time Josh Reddick played at Oakland's Coliseum, he had a feeling of what was to come. The date was July 24, eight days before last year's trade deadline, and because he sensed it might be his final home game as a member of the Athletics, the veteran right fielder treated it as such.

Altuve finds groove at the plate

Jose Altuve is back to being Jose Altuve again, and the rest of the Astros' offense is following suit.

Astros’ Carlos Correa doesn’t want long-term deal right now, agent says

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa isn’t interested in signing a long-term deal at this point in his career, according to his agent.

Around the League

Chart Party: What if Barry Bonds had played without a bat?

In the boldest Chart Party yet, we relive every plate appearance of Barry Bonds’ 2004 season without a bat. The only thing crazier than this experiment is the way it turned out.

The 5 players who matter the most in the AL Central

From young player to crusty veterans, here are the most important players to their team in 2017.

How to Lose (or Win) a Playoff Spot in 10 Days

The Blue Jays were supposed to make a playoff run, and they’re 1-8. The Diamondbacks won 69 games last year, and they have the best record in baseball. We’re not even two weeks in, but some teams have already given themselves a cushion, while others have started digging a hole.

A quick note on the early injury front: the Giants are optimistic as Posey begins workouts, while Toronto fans hold their collective breath as a rough start to the season just got worse with Josh Donaldson leaving Thursday’s game with an apparent calf injury.